Something Whimsical: My Favorite Easter Tradition

Easter Tree Tradition

Blended Life Happy Wife

 

Every family has their own traditions. Many come into play around the time of a holiday. Some traditions are centered around food, events, activities, decorations or a combination of these things.

Traditions are especially important for kids. They help us connect to different generations, give us something to look forward to and help us create memories. Getting to include my family traditions and create new ones was something I looked forward to when we were thinking of starting our family.

With Easter right around the corner, I have been thinking a lot about my childhood Easter traditions. Growing up, we had all kinds of bunny and Easter decorations. My mom loves spring, gardening, sandals, pastel colors and everything about Easter. We would dye eggs most years and did egg hunts when we were little. We had beautiful Easter baskets that my mom stenciled for each one of us and she took lots of care finding the perfect things to put in our baskets, still does. Thinking back on my childhood Easters, there was one thing that stood out, we always had an Easter tree.

My Mom’s Easter Tree. This is the first Easter tree I had as a kid. Branches set in plaster of paris.

My brother and sister and I would get Easter ornaments in our baskets or one to share depending on what my mom could find that year. Our Easter tree and Easter ornament tradition was really special. It was special to me because it felt unique to my family. Most people I knew had Easter baskets and did egg hunts, but I did not know anyone else who had an Easter tree.

As we got older and continued to get Easter ornaments , we needed a second tree. At the end of March, we would get out the Easter decorations, the trees,  the ornaments and would have a great time decorating our living room. When we were done the room really put a smile on our faces and I knew it made my mom really happy when she would come into the room and see her beautiful Easter decorations. My favorite part of our decorating tradition was the Easter tree and carefully deciding where to put each ornament.

After a quick web search, I learned Easter trees are very common in Scandinavian and Germanic heritage. Finding this out was pretty cool, I am mostly of Scandinavian heritage( Swedish, Danish and Norwegian), but some German too.  Scandinavian Easter trees are typically indoors covered with beautiful feathers. Here is a great link I found to more Swedish Easter traditions from www.thelocal.se, Swedish news in English.

German Easter trees are typically outside and they are usually covered with eggs that have been blown-out and carefully decorated. There was an Easter Tree in Germany that boasted almost 10,000 eggs. The couple who decorated this tree retired in 2015, but you can see amazing images of it via Google images, just search Easter Tree!!

Since my family comes from both Scandinavian and Germanic heritages,  I want to enjoy both traditions with my boys.

Scandinavian Inspired Easter Tree

My mom was kind enough to give me her second Easter tree, keeping her original that we had when were really young. She also gave me my Easter ornaments, so I could start this tradition with my boys.

This is the Easter tree my mom gave me.

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Recently, while on one of my weekly Target runs, I saw some little Easter trees, they don’t look like they would hold too many ornaments, but still could be very cute. I would think craft stores like Michael’s, Joann’s or Ben Franklin’s might also have some trees.  Here is a cute little tree; you will need to add your own ornaments, but since it is a blank canvas you could used it for all kinds of holidays.

You could also make your own by gathering sticks outside, you could paint them or leave them. You will also need a vase and glass vase fillers .  Use craft glue to decorate with traditional colored feathers, or my favorite pom-poms . The feather and pom-poms ornaments are nice because they are light weight. I think I will try to make my own more traditional Scandinavian Feather Tree in the coming weeks, if I do I will update this post.

Another idea for Easter Tree ornaments,  use cute Easter foam stickers and  bakers twine in-between two stickers stuck together. I got the twine and the foam stickers last year at Target. Glad to be putting them to good use.

Making foam Easter ornaments on a stormy Friday.
All you need is foam stickers and thread.

German Inspired Outdoor Easter Tree

Once I saw the images of the outdoor Easter trees; I knew I had to have one. I won’t be making the real eggs that you blow out of, seems like a lot of work and messy. It has been raining a lot in the Pacific Northwest;  I would be really upset if the real eggs got broken after all that hard work.  I think plastic eggs from Target or the dollar store will work fine for me.

Here is what I used

Plastic Easter eggs  with holes in the tops or bottoms.  I happened to have some different sizes.

Embroidery thread

Washi tape

I put the embroidery thread through each hole in the top of the egg, tied a knot on the inside. Closed the egg and then put some washi tape around the seam for a little added color and to help it stay closed.

To make your outdoor Easter Tree ornaments: you will need plastic eggs, washi tape, scissors and embroidery thread.

We started with 7 eggs, that was what I could get done before my toddler had a meltdown. We headed outside and the boys had fun hanging them up.

The boys having a great time putting the eggs on the tree.
New tradition for us Outdoor Easter Tree

Adding a new element to a beloved childhood tradition has been a blast. I plan to add new ornaments to both of our Easter trees in the years to come. I hope this post inspires you to make your own indoor and/or outdoor Easter Tree!!

Share a picture of your Easter Tree on Instagram using the hashtags, #discoveringwhimsy and #whatsyourwhimsy

 


Cheers,  Amy

24 Replies to “Something Whimsical: My Favorite Easter Tradition”

  1. What a fun tradition–I have never heard of the old-time Easter trees, though I have see the craft trees at Michael’s. 🙂 I love how you are re-creating your own childhood memories for your sons!

    1. Thank you Melissa! We had a great time making new ornaments for our indoor tree and then starting the outdoor tree tradition, I don’t think I will get to 10,000 eggs outside like the famous German tree, but I hope to make new outside ornaments every year!

  2. My husband’s side has German roots and I think that we’ll practice this tradition next year when our little one is a bit older. Right now, he’ll just pull apart the decorations on the tree and try to eat the eggs.

    1. My youngest who is 14 months, just wanted to pulled the eggs off the tree, so the indoor one is on a table out of reach. If you haven’t searched Easter Tree in Google images, you should, the famous German Easter tree is a really inspiring site. Thank you for stopping by and hope you and your family have a happy Easter!!

  3. I love love how speak about tradition! It’s so important and beneficial to connect with our past. Love this!!!

  4. I am thrilled that our Easter traditions meant so much to you and that you enjoyed them as much as I did. Great idea for the outdoors tree and I think I will do that next year.

  5. I’ve never had an Easter tree, but it’s a really cute idea. I should probably make one since I have zero Easter decorations! Our main Easter tradition when I was a kid was getting a kite in our basket and going to the park that afternoon, which was always a lot of fun!

    1. Thank you Jamie! Your kite tradition sounds great! I like that I might have to consider doing that in a few years when my boys are a little older. Thank you for stopping by! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Easter and happy spring.

    1. Thank you Brittany! We have been having fun with the Easter decorations this year! The tree outside makes me smile every time we leave or come back to the house. Hope you and your family have a happy Easter. Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Hi Vicki, I hope you do start the tradition! My boys are still pretty little but are really having a good time with the plastic ornaments we made for our outside tree. My older son who is three loves talking about the Easter trees. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter! Thank you for stopping by!

  6. This is such a wonderful tradition. I have never heard of an Easter tree. Although, now it makes me wonder, since I was a child there is a tree along our local highway that someone decorates with plastic Easter Eggs each year. Thank you for sharing this post in the All For Mamas Link Party Week 4 #allformamas. I will share the post on the Facebook Group page, on my page, twitter and pinterest.

    1. Thank you Stephenie! Thank you for letting me join your #allformamas group and the link party. I am very grateful to have found such a nice group of lady bloggers! Hope you have a great Easter! Take care!

    1. Thank you Lexie, I did not know anyone else growing up who had an indoor Easter tree let alone two. My mom, gave each of us our ornaments and still had plenty to decorate her tree. That just tells you how crazy my mom is for Easter 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! Happy Easter to you and your family!

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